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Thread: tension trouble

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    Hi all, hope someone here can give me some advice! I've just finished a baby quilt on which I tried machine quilting for the first time, but I had real difficulties with the tension. I am using a second-hand Husqvarna 500 machine, which is one of these clever computer ones, telling you what tension and stitch length etc to set the machine to. But, as I was stitching in the ditch I found the tension got tighter and tighter as I went along. I tried changing the tension up and down, but I think what was happening was that the thread was actually catching on the cotton reel on the spool. How do you prevent this happening - I can't sew a straight line unless I look at what I'm doing so can't keep an eye on the thread and sew at the same time! I think there may have already been a question like this on the forum(I apologise if I am repeating things) but I can't find the thread (I really apologise for that one! lol). Thanks in advance.

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    Try flipping your spool over, so that the catch is away from where your thread is traveling.

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    That is what I have to do. Also make sure the thread isn't wrapping around the spool.

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    With my machine, I've discovered that if I change speeds suddenly when the thread is near the bottom of the spool it will wrap around the spindle the spool sits on and create all sorts of a mess.

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    I have one of these machines. Take the spool off and turn it around.

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    Thanks folks. I tried turning the reel around at the time, but didn't seem to make any difference. Interesting about the speed differences though cos I am rather an erratic stitcher using the foot pedal! Also the machine has a verical spool holder you can attach for "second needle sewing"?? I suppose I could've tried that.

    I didn't know whether to leave all the bad stitches in or rip them out and risk ripping the quilt also (it was that tight!) In the end I did a bit of both!

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    I Like using the big thread holder off the machine...like on a juki..seams the thread comes off better...

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